I've been thinking about buying a new couch— but good furniture is expensive! Especially the big pieces — i.e. the things you need the most: a couch, a rug or two, a credenza, a table. Even chairs can get pricey. I visited my sofas at Crate & Barrel for many many months, saving up for them, before I purchased them. One of the writers over on Casa Sugar did too. But she parlayed those visits into a deep discount! Wanna learn how she did it? Her big secret? Buy the floor model. While you'll often have to wait a while for a furniture store to change their display, these (usually!) barely worn pieces will eventually be sold for a lot less than buying a new one. Some outlets of stores (Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware) will often receive and sell these floor models or, if you can get the timing right, you may be able to get it from the main store. Of course, these pieces receive some wear and tear. In this case, the couch was delivered with a small flaw. Because of careful documentation, she was able, with a little respectful haggling, get the price down even further. For the full story see Casa Sugar | How I Scored a $1099 Couch For $250.
We'd like to add that if you do buy the floor model, we'd suggest you do the following when you receive it:
- Check it carefully when you buy it and when you receive it. If you find damage when it's still sitting on the floor, you may be able to get some money off for buying it "as is". If it's not damaged, you'll have a better idea of its condition and be able to note if anything does occur in transit. Document your piece, especially if you find any flaws when it's delivered, with good clear photos.
- Have it cleaned by a reputable upholstery cleaner. It's worth the money and they may also be able to Scotchguard it for you.
- Flip the pillows if the design allows. Since the top sides's been sat on for a while, you want to try and make sure there's equal wear and tear on both sides.
Have you ever scored a great bargain? How'd you do it — what's YOUR secret? Share your secrets in the comments.